August 4, 2022 – Volume 19 Number 6
Unlike other months of the Hebrew calendar, when we are taught that our joy is increased, such as Adar, the month in which Purim falls, this month we are in-AV (translation- “father”), also known as MENACHEM AV (comfort of the father). This is a sacred time, the Talmud tells us, when our joy is diminished. Contrasting with the fun and frolic of summer, the ninth of AV (TISHA B’AV) arrives in the middle of it all and pulls us into a day of mourning, and also traditionally, a day of fasting. Tisha B’Av marks the many tragedies and losses the Jewish people have experienced, going back to the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem, the first one by the Babylonians in 586 BCE and the second by the Romans in 70 CE.

Sadly enough, there were many other persecutions that occurred throughout our history on this ninth day of Av, in the form of the Crusades, the expulsion of Jews from Spain and Portugal, Europe’s Pogroms and the Holocaust. On Tisha B’Av, tradition instructs us to sit on low stools, listen to the chanting of the Book of Lamentations (EICHAH) and reflect on the suffering of our people, and the suffering which is still occurring in our world. As EICHAH begins, we hear the words attributed to the Prophet Jeremiah, “Alas, (How) Lonely sits the city, once great with people. She is become like a widow. Bitterly she weeps in the night, her cheek wet with tears. There is none to comfort (her) of all her friends.”
And yet, we are the people of “HATIKVAH” (the Hope) - the National Anthem of Israel. How do we hold on to hope as we make our way through so much loss and grief over past events, and the hardships and tragedies we continue to see all around us? How do we rise up from the ashes, find the strength to carry on and create a better reality for ourselves and those we love?
My earliest memories of Tisha B’Av are from summer camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. I remember well, as the sun set, my camp friends and I sitting on the ground on the tennis court, each one of us with a lit candle as it grew dark. Together we sat and listened to the mournful, beautiful, dirge-like chant of the Book of Lamentations. It was unusually quiet for camp and you could hear the leaves rustling gently in the wind. The haunting, soulful chant seeped right into my bones and transported me to another place and time. Most of all, what I remember is the warmth, the beauty, the feeling of togetherness with all of us present with -- and for one another, all my camp friends listening to the mournful strains illuminating a sad story from long before we were born. We did not have to mourn and grieve alone. We had each other.
So this is how we rise, how we overcome tragedy and loss, how we diminish our joy but do not lose hope. This is what I pray for - that this is how it will be at Temple Israel of New Rochelle, this place where we are each TINR- “teyn ner”-givers of light. This is how we will dispel the darkness wherever we see it, and bring wholeness and peace to our Temple, and to our world. We will come together as one community, one extended family as we will soon have the opportunity to do, in just seven short weeks, on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
In song and prayer,
Cantor Rita Glassman
Service Times for Shabbat
Friday, August 5th

6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Services led by Rabbi Jesse M. Gallop and Cantor Rita Glassman in person and on Livestream, Facebook Live, OR ZOOM (Meeting ID: 885 5732 2368, Passcode: 7wW055) 
Saturday, August 6th

9:00 am Shabbat Morning Blessings/Torah Study in person and via ZOOM (Meeting ID: 853 3548 4859, Passcode: 58QLMa)
A Checkin from Israel with Rebecca
Welcome back, Rebecca!
Rebecca Elkus-Ferst, our Director of Education: Youth & Families, has already returned from Israel, but she wanted to share a last memory of her time in Jerusalem, in front of the Kotel.

She inserted messages from the Chavaya students into the wall, and was enjoying the last few days of her intensive study in the Holy Land.
Rebecca also wants to remind you that Chavaya registration is still on-going, so please click on the appropriate registration link for your child(ren):

Rebecca will also be sending the 8-12th Registration link tomorrow to the High School students. Thank you!
Shabbat by the Gazebo
Friday, August 12th, 6:00 pm BYO Picnic, 7:00 Service

UPDATE! Due to technical difficulties with the facilities at Five Islands Park, Shabbat ShaBeach was cancelled for this Friday, August 4th…

But please join us NEXT WEEK, Friday August 12th, for "Shabbat by the Gazebo"

6:00 pm BYO Picnic
7:00 pm Service

Let's keep summer going!
Brotherhood Booze & Schmooze
Wednesday, August 17th, 7:30 - 9:30 pm, at San Souci Beach

Calling all MEN, from Temple, Religious School, Kehillah, and Camp Pinebrook!

Please bring a beach chair. Reservations taken on a first come/first served basis. Location of the event will be provided in the confirmation email when you register at This FREE event is made possible through the generosity of Brotherhood.

Rain Date: Thursday, August 18th.
Camp Pinebrook & Kehillah | Summer Fun!
Click here to visit Camp Pinebrook, and click here to see a video when the New Rochelle Public Works came to visit Kamp Kehillah.
... and Meet our New Camp Pinebrook Director!
We are excited to announce that Allison Horn will be joining us as the next Camp Director at Camp Pinebrook. After interviewing many candidates, Allison’s professional experience and love of camping drew us to her.

Allison (Allie to most everyone) grew up on the Upper East Side of NYC, playing whatever sport she could. She was a tennis, basketball, and softball player in high school before attending Hofstra University. Her academic career continued at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology.

Allie is mom to two beautiful children, Riley, 14, and Josie, 12. Her kids are her pride and joy and she cannot wait until they are old enough to work at camp! Allie lives in Dobbs Ferry with her kids, her wife, Jess, and their three mini schnauzers, Herschel, Buttercup, and Scooter.

She has been a drummer since age 11 and has played in a number of NYC and Westchester based rock bands. She is also an avid photographer.

Allison will begin her time at Camp Pinebrook at the end of August.
Read With Us!
Tisha B'Av: A Jerusalem Journey
by Allison Ofanansky and Eliyahu Alpern

Tisha B'Av, which in part, commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem, will be observed this weekend.

In this beautiful photo journal, a family learns about ancient Jerusalem in the days of the Temple and about the modern observance of Tisha B’Av by exploring ancient sites in Israel in a hands-on way. They dig, they walk, they photograph, they touch, they ask, and they listen to knowledgeable guides.

Readers can get a good sense of what life was like in the days of the Temple and the magnitude of its loss.

Reserve your copy on the library website.
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